[CASE, MOBO and PSU] Shuttle SH67H3
[CPU] Intel i3-2120 3.3 GHz
[RAM] 8 GB RAM
[HDD] OCZ Technology 60 GB Solid State hard drive
WD 2 TB 3.5" black hard drive
WD 2 TB 3.5" green hard drive
[OS] Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011
My Server Needs
I wanted a small, quiet and presentable case for my server
which used recent computer technology. I also wanted a computer
which could be repurposed later when upgrading. The Shuttle
SH67H3 barebones filled the bill at $229.99. I was familar with these
Shuttle barebones computers having in the past building desktop
computers using them.
My server holds backups created for all my computers using WHS (Windows Home Server 2011) and ATI (Acronis True Image 2013). It also acts as a media server with a small collection of ripped DVD's and ISO's played through my wired network using a Western Digital TV Media Player in the living room. I also have digital camera images, videos and music on the server.
I was curious to see what the WEI (Windows Experience Index)
was on this newly built Shuttle box. I installed Windows 7 and
system information and the WEI.
I started only using two drives with the OS on the first drive. I later found this unique item which converts a PCI expansion card slot into a removable 2.5" SATA hard drive accessible from the rear panel of a computer case. I now have three drives in the case with room for one more drive totaling 4.
StarTech S25SLOTR 2.5in SATA Removable Hard Drive Bay for PC Expansion Slot StartTech Newegg
I found Shuttle was regularly updating the BIOS. So I created a USB flash drive that works in DOS. Now I have a use for the old 512 MB USB flash drives.
How to make a bootable USB Flash to boot into DOS?
Backing Up the Server
Since WHS 2011 no longer has DE (Drive Extender) I had to devise another way to backup the WHS. I did not want to use a separate RAID controller card. I installed ATI onto the server. I backed up the WHS OS, which is on a separate laptop hard drive, over the network to another PC. It creates an approximate 10GB TIB (True Image Backup) file. I have successfully restored this file onto another laptop hard drive and replaced the drive in the WHS box. It worked fast and flawless. I am currently backing up the 2 TB data drive to an external USB drive using ATI. The second 2 TB drive is currently not being used..
Solid State Drive Modification
The guys over at BYOB and TheHomerServer Show have convinced
me that replacing my notebook drive where the WHS OS resides
with a SSD (Solid State Drive) will give me a better
experience on the Dashboard. I picked up the drive for $75 with
NO TAX and FREE shipping. I used ATI to backup the OS hard drive
with the 100MB partition. I then restored that to the OCZ 60GB
SSD. I now have a screaming Windows Home Server!!!
Detailed Hardware Specs and Links
Shuttle SH67H3 - 360° Product Video YouTube
Shuttle SH67H3 Barebones Mini PC Unboxing & First Look Linus Tech Tips YouTube
Shuttle SH67H3 Intel Core i3, i5, i7 (LGA1155) Intel Socket H2 (LGA1155) Intel H67 Intel HD Graphics 2000/3000 integrated in the processor 1 x HDMI XPC Barebone Amazon / Newegg
Intel Core i3-2120 Processor 3.3 GHz 3MB Cache Socket LGA1155 Amazon
Kingston Technology ValueRAM 4 GB Desktop Memory DDR3 1333 MHz (PC3 10600) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM KVR1333D3N9/4G x 2 8GB Amazon
OCZ Technology 60 GB Vertex 3 Series SATA 6.0 Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive VTX3-25SAT3-60G Amazon
Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Black 64MB Cache SATA 6.0 Gb/s 3.5" 7200 RPM Internal Hard Drive - WD2002FAEX Amazon
Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Green 64MB Cache SATA 3.0 Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - WD20EARS Amazon